- Gain Ideas
Whether you need ideas or just want to test the viability of your own idea, one of our networking platforms is the perfect place to go. Our forums allow you to tap into the pulse of all things happening in the independent optician sector. The more members there are talking in the forum, the more potential there is for you to gain ideas.
- Increase your knowledge
When members join our forums they often find that other ECPS are asking the same questions they have. Better still, other ECPs are answering those questions! You’ve just hit jackpot and suddenly what was bound to take you months to learn become something easy to learn with few mistakes; you’re learning fast and avoiding common pitfalls at the same time!
- Networking opportunities
Our platforms provide a networking opportunity 24/7. If you’re active in your chosen forum and interact with other ECPs then we provide you with an instant networking platform without leaving your practice. Just showing up and talking to people will help you get your name out there. ECPSs whose thread you reply to will remember you and will be more receptive to your message when you approach them for something. Most importantly, your thread will remain there and other members might try to contact you if they found your ideas or solutions helpful.
- Build relationships
Netoworking on one of our forums is proven to be an excellent source for relationship building because it connects you with independent ECPs and their teams. The good thing is that relationship building doesn’t take any extra effort. If you’re active in a forum, are networking and engaging with other members, are going out of your way to lend a helping hand, then you’re automatically building relationships.
- Establish expertise
It provides an excellent way to establish your professional expertise. Look for threads that deal with your particular specialism or interest, or start one yourself. For example, let’s say your ideal specialism is paediatric eyecare. You can start a thread related to common issues you see in eye care and eye health for children and state ways to make it better. This way, you are not only making your fellow ECPs aware of the problems in their sector, but also providing them solutions.
- Making the most of the SightCare Members’ Forums
The only way to make the most from our networking platforms is to be a sponge. Soak in everything. Don’t disregard something just because it wasn’t meant for you. If it’s related to you in any way, pay attention. Even if it’s not and it’s related to a potential patient, pay even more attention.
Email Forum – SC Dialogue
Joining the forum could not be easier! Register by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org, from the email address you would like to receive your forum emails. Receive confirmation instructions to join the forum and start interacting. To start a new post, simply create a new email and send to the forum address (as per your confirmation email). Reply to a post from another member by clicking “reply”
Just remember a few golden rules of our online forums: Be respectful, be active, be engaging, be helpful, provide value and above all – don’t spam. Oh and don’t stalk either. At least not openly!
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Why should I attend?
- Relevant – unlike in-person seminars, which can take several months to plan, Webinars are better positioned to deliver relevant, timely information to SightCare members.
- The importance of taking time out to reflect and develop new ideas cannot be under estimated – our webinars give you that opportunity.
- Convenience – cost effective, no travel necessary – takes place in front of the webcam of your own computer.
- Interactive – chat to peers and presenters in an interactive informal environment.
- Archived – all our webinars are archived so if you miss anything or can’t make one of the dates, simply access the archives on our website.
- Focused learning – topics are specific allowing delegates to concentrate on key area
Attending a webinar could not be simpler. You will be sent an email detailing the date, time and content of each monthly webinar. In the email, simply click on the “Register” button.
What Our Members Say
Faye McDearmid – Campbell & McDearmid Optometrists
We have saved our membership fee twice over with Cardsaver, practice insurance and phone lines.We would never not be a member of SightCare. The support we get from a business point of view through the conference, meetings, email forum, training seminars – it all gives us lots of ideas to take back to the practice and discuss with the team."
Davina Dosanjh – Richard Petrie Optometrist
When I took over from the previous owner who had been a SightCare member it was easy to see why he had thought it so important. Having support with peers and another organisation which is there as a point of contact to support you is invaluable. I really value the Buying Group which makes products more affordable and saves a lot of time on administration. We always find SightCare events really useful – particularly to attend as a team where we can reflect on ideas back at the practice in team meetings.
Michael Offord – Michael Offord Optometrists
Congratulations to SightCare on putting together another excellent regional meeting last night. Something for all the team. So get them all there
Just deciding where to start!!
Nina Newsom – Newsom & Davies
We remind ourselves every year what good value the newsletter represents when we come to pay our annual SightCare fee. Another supplier of marketing material has quoted us for a similar product £595 for 2000 and £895 for 4000. We usually pay £260 to have an additional 2000 each year from SightCare so we could be paying over £600 more.
Gerry O’Hear – Mearns Opticians
Since joining SightCare, I have found the email forum invaluable. It is a fantastic platform to discuss all things Optometric within the Independent sector, whether it is a simple question to your colleagues regarding pricing, to more in-depth discussion surrounding Tax and VAT. I would highly recommend SightCare to any independent practitioner who wishes to engage with like-minded independent practitioners, and a passion to improve their services within our industry.
John Davidson – Innovative Eyecare
SightCare provides me with an overarching support network to help me develop my business. The components are numerous, including Evolution programme which helped me achieve a 10% growth this year, and the email forum which I find invaluable as a sounding board. On top of all that, the annual fee for membership is swallowed up by moving PDQ transactions to the preferential PDQ rates offered to SightCare members, giving access to all these resources with no major outlay. Excellent value! No brainer!
Graeme Shield – Ferrier & MacKinnon Optometrists
"What a fantastic resource the knowledge hub is. I've used the PR/Social Media calendar as our template for 2018 which is great, because it gives basically a checklist of things for me to do - which is much easier."
Graeme Shield, Ferrier & MacKinnon Optometrists
Clark Family Eyecare
We work on a commission basis rather than renting the room, our staff 100% back the venture, by mentioning it to our cx and the occasional Facebook post. We have had posters and window decals made by the company and are still inundated with calls asking us to book hearing tests-the majority of who don’t want to step foot in chain stores or who have been to places like these and wish they never bothered.
Independent hearing care + independent optical care (especially if you have the space) =winner.
Clark Family Eyecare
Bob Thomas Carter, Thomas Carter Opticians
Andy Molsom, Owner and Optometrist at Molsom & Associates
Mohamed Kasmani, Feltham Eyecare
SightCare Conference 2018
Karen Haase, Yorkshire Eyewear